Disney Pools Become Handicapped Friendly

On our recent trip to Disney World we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Villas.  We make a point to go to the pool during any, and all of our trips.  The pools in Disney are always the right temperature no matter what time of year.

While we were at the swimming pool we noticed something new that has never been seen during previous trips.  We saw that handicapped lifts were now installed at the jacuzzi, and also the swimming pool area.  These are lifts that appear the user must change over from their wheelchair to the lift chair.  I have seen different ones in other places that look like the stair lifts.

After I did some research I was advised that Disney has been doing this to make sure all guests can be accommodated.  I don’t know how true this is, but it is nice to see that the handicapped, and the disabled can now enjoy the pool no matter what.

 

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Disney Grand Floridian DVC

Today we received a packet from Disney Vacation Club (DVC) showing the floorplans of the upcoming Grand Floridian DVC Resort.  For many years my family went to the Grand Floridian for our vacations.  I don’t think I could afford a vacation like that now.  Gold Key was the ultimate in packages.  Having bathrobes, and a stocked mini refrigerator was just a few of the things that the rooms had.

Some other things that I always liked about the Grand Floridian was that the resort was very close to the Magic Kingdom, has monorail access, and high end customer service unlike any other Disney resort.  I still enjoy eating at 1900 Park Fare.  My little brother used to have his B-Day celebrated at one of the restaurants in the Grand Floridian.

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If there was a way to live at the Grand Floridian for the rest of my life I would pick up and move right now.  I would spend all that I could to get the house packed up in a truck rental, and get down there immediatelly.  I would have to get used to how some people act when they are there.  (Some people think that they are above other people because of the expense that comes with staying at the Grand Floridian.)

The Grand Floridian is the absolute best place a person could stay if money was no object.

From what I have read there is going to be 2 options available.  The first is a defined week.  The second is the standard point system.  I don’t know how I would like the defined week system.  I like to pick and choose when I go away.  Having only 200 points I am sure that the points required to stay at the Grand Floridian are going to be far out of my reach unless I was to bank one year, and also borrow the following year.

The Grand Floridian will have the same DVC options as the others… Studio, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom, and 3 Bedroom Grand Villa.

Has anyone stayed at the Grand Floridian?

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Disney Timeshare Are Quite Authentic

Now that I have owned my timeshare for a few years we have visited quite a few of the resorts in the Disney Vacation Club system. Each of the resorts has their own personalized look to them. There is a broad selection of looks that you can find. I have not caught a glimpse of what the new Grand Floridian DVC resort will look like. My family has stayed at the Grand Floridian, and the atmosphere is very nice, and the look of the resort is very unique.

My family like the Animal Kindgom Lodge. The rooms have a look as if they came straight out of Africa. They may not have rustic dining tables, but they fit with the theme perfectly. If you don’t know it, or have never seen the DVC resorts then you should know that Disney does a spectacular job at revolving their resorts around a specific theme.

The one resort that I haven’t fully figured out is Old Key West. The look of that resort is very similar to the look of the Boardwalk Resort.

What are your thoughts on the DVC Resorts? Do you think that they have done a good job at decorating the resorts?

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Disney’s Hilton Head Review

During our last trip home from Florida after our cruise on the Disney Dream we stopped in Hilton Head for one night.  We tried to get a reservation for more than 1 night, but it was not possible.  We stayed at Disney’s Hilton Head Resort.  When you come into the area where Hilton Head is you will find it nestled behind a few other resorts.  You pull up to an unmanned gate, and get greeted by a voice.  Check in is at the building immediately in front of you.  Upon walking up the steps to the building you will find a dog house with a Disney name tag on it.

After we checked in we took a walk around the property while we waited for our room to come ready.  We found the walk through the resort to be very short.  Even though there looks to be a lot of room on the proerty the property is actually very small, but everything is well placed to not waste any area.  We got into our room.  It was on the 3rd floor.  Our room had a balcony that was quite private.

Later we went to the swimming pool area so that our little one could do some crafts, and we could get something to eat.  We took a walk on the fishing pier to see what could be spotted.  We noticed a large amount of fiddler crabs.  After this we took a break in the jacuzzi.  This seemed to help my sun poisoning a bit.

One of the last things we got to do while at the resort was that we went over to the beach club for Disney guests.  There is a private pool at the club, and a path that leads down to the beach.  To enter the club, or get off the beach you need a resort keycard.  Later that night before we left we took one more stroll around the property and saw the campfire that they have.

Hilton Head is a very quiet resort.  The employees are very nice.  I had figured that the employees would be a bit more laid back in comparison to the Disney World resorts, but all of the employees have full uniforms, even the housekeeping that I would have figured would have been wearing something like Dickies scrubs.

We will definitelly try to stay at the Hilton Head resort again.  We would have enjoyed it more if it was for more than 1 night.

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How Clean Can Disney Get You?

On our last 2 cruises Disney had changed over to a new product that was left in the staterooms.  They changed to H2O Plus Spa bath and shower products.  Wife was rather impressed with the product, and wanted more.  We later found out that it was also being used at the Disney World Resort.  Our little one likes them because they smell, and work well.  Our little one had her acne problem go away for a while when she used them continuous, but I don’t think that it had anything to do with the product.  She uses them all the time and claims that because she uses them on her body that they help out by becoming a body acne wash.  Sometimes kids can be so naive.

Here is the original press release about this.

CELEBRATION, Fla. — Disney Cruise Line guests can absorb the enriching benefits of the ocean while sailing on the high seas. The cruise line is offering H2O Plus Spa bath and shower products to all 877 guest accommodations on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. These high-end products, derived from marine botanicals, bring a piece of the ocean into every stateroom.

The high-quality, water-based H2O Plus products stocked on the Disney Cruise Line ships include Sea Marine Revitalizing Shampoo, Marine Collagen Conditioner and Hydrating Body Butter from the H2O Plus premium Spa line — all in uniquely designed, co-branded bottles. Guests staying in concierge-level suites will find additional H20 Plus offerings such as Sea Salt Body Wash and Solar Relief Gel.

The family-friendly staterooms onboard both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder also feature  Sealy Posturepedic Premium Plush Euro-top mattresses, pillows and Frette 300 thread-count, 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens. In addition, larger, more luxurious bath towels and bath sheets are available in all stateroom bathrooms.

In all concierge-level suites, there are comfortable duvets and a “Pillow Talk” program which allows concierge guests to choose from a selection of hypo-allergenic, feather and therapeutic memory foam pillow options.

Sea-derived skincare innovator H2O Plus, L.P. has been making a splash in the specialty global retail market with an array of skincare, spa, bath and shower and color cosmetics products for the last 16 years. The company’s entrepreneurial founder and creative director, Cindy Melk, has grown H2O Plus from a concept of water-based, sea-derived formulations to an internationally recognized branded company.

A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line delivers a cruise experience that every member of the family feels was created for their own individual vacation wants and needs.

Departing from Port Canaveral, Fla., Disney Cruise Line offers three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to The Bahamas and the Caribbean.  Land/sea vacation packages that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort are also available.

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